Hello all. J here. Happy Saturday. I’m writing today about the newest milestone we Scribes have sailed past. After only 5 months of blogging, we have had our first bit of hate mail. I guess we have arrived! 🙂
One author friend recently told me that she had received an email from a “fan” in which this fan asked her to stop allowing crappy books to be ghost written in her name and go back to writing the good stuff that she built her reputation on. Or something to that effect. Evidently (according to this fan) everybody hates the books this New York Time Bestselling author writes. I guess that would be everybody but the tens of thousands of people who continue to buy them, putting the books on the aforementioned Bestselling list.
I’ve heard tell of another well-known author who got equally constructive criticism from a fan. “I hate you,” the email said. Helpful, no? I guess we don’t have to wonder where Stephen King got the inspiration for his book Misery.
But apparently there is even a name for this phenomenon. Tall Poppy Syndrome (or TPS) occurs when “people of merit are criticized because their talents distinguish them from their peers”. (Wikipedia – Tall Poppy Syndrome) One can understand how an Author Goddess (see our earlier post for definition) can be considered a Tall Poppy in need of being taken down a peg.
So I guess it’s exciting to receive hate mail. It means we have “merit” and maybe we are even “talented”. All right, well, ours wasn’t really hate mail so much as it was complaint mail, but still – that counts for something, right?
Today’s Secret: The glass is half full, people. Like everything in life, hate mail is only important in the way you look at it. When you get some, remember it means that you have merit and you are talented. At least according to Wikipedia.
Today’s Question: Have you received hate mail? Destructive criticism from a “fan”? Share your story of misery with us…